It appears yesterday’s leaked images of Microsoft’s Xbox One S were spot on as the company officially announced the console earlier today at their E3 Press Conference.
Starting at $299, the the 40% smaller console will feature 4k Ultra HD video, High Dynamic Range (HDR), a streamlined controller, and a vertical stand for those looking to stand their console up.
Unlike the original Xbox One, the Xbox One S will not have a dedicated port for the Kinect. Instead owners looking to use a Kinect on the new system will need a USB adapter to hook up the external camera.
The Xbox One S will also come with a newly designed Xbox Wireless Controller featuring textured grip for enhanced comfort. The new controller will features a more reliable wireless connection, allowing for up to twice the wireless range, and has added Bluetooth support. The thumbsticks have also been redesigned for better accuracy and rotation.
Those worried about compatibility issues need not worry as Xbox One games, accessories and Xbox Live services will work with the new Xbox One S. The new console will launch with 500GB, 1TB and special launch edition 2TB options. The limited quantity 2TB launch edition Xbox One S will be available in select markets starting early August for $399 USD, with the 1TB Xbox One S for $349 USD and the 500GB Xbox One S for $299 USD arriving thereafter.